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Poultry Difference

Free-Range Pasture Chicken versus Conventional Chicken... What is The Difference?

Pasture's Delight's Chicken

Conventional Chicken
*applies to almost all certified organic chicken as well

Unvaccinated

Vaccinated (immuno-suppressant)

Pro-biotics (immuno-stimulant) Antibiotics (immuno-depressant)
Full beak (no cannibalism) De-beaked (cannibalism a problem)
Composting litter in brooder (sanitized through decomposition) Sterilized litter (sanitized through toxic fumigants and sprays)
Carbon/Nitrogen ratio 30:1 (bedding composts) Carbon/Nitrogen ratio 12:1 (bedding is rank, gives off ammonia gas)
Practically no ammonia vapor (small) *Hyper-ammonia toxicity
Rest at night - - lights off

Artificial lighting 24 hours/day

No medications Routine medications
No synthetic vitamins Routine synthetic vitamins
No hormones Routine hormones
No appetite stimulants Routine appetite stimulants (arsenic)
Natural trace minerals (kelp) Manufactured and acidulated trace minerals
Small groups (300 or fewer) *Huge groups (10,000 or more)
Low stress (group divisions)            *High stress 
Clean air

*Air hazy with fecal particulate (damages respiratory tract and pulls vitamins out of body, overloading liver)

Fresh air and sunshine *Limited fresh air and practically no sunshine
Plenty of exercise *Limited exercise
Fresh daily salad bar (pasture) *No green material or bugs
Short transport to processing (on farm) *Long transport to processing
Killed by slitting throat (per Biblical directives see Leviticus) *Killed by electric shock (inhibits bleeding after throat is slit)
Carefully hand eviscerated (gutted) Mechanically eviscerated (prone to breaking intestines and spilling feces over carcass)
Guts and feathers composted and used for fertilizer Guts cooked and rendered, then fed back to chickens
Customer inspected *Government inspected only
No injections during processing Routine injections (anything from tenderizers to dyes)
Low percentage of rejected livers or carcasses High percentage of liver rejects or carcasses (breast blisters)
Dead birds composted Dead birds incinerated
Manure falls directly on growing forage and active soil for efficient vaporization    nutrient cycling converted to plants Manure fed to cattle or spread inappropriately (ammonia -- air pollution; nitrate leaching water pollution)
Cooking loss 9% of carcass weight Cooking loss 20% of carcass weight
Long keepers (freeze more than a year) Short keepers (freeze only 6 mos, or less)
No drug-resistant diseases Drug-resistant diseases (R-factor Salmonella)
Low saturated fat High saturated fat
No chlorine baths Up to 40 chlorine baths (to kill contaminants)
No irradiation FDA-approved irradiation (label not required)
Environmentally responsible Environmentally irresponsible (hidden costs)
Promotes rural revitalization Promotes feudal/serf agriculture; urban expansion
Decentralized food system Centralized food system
Promotes entrepreneurial spirit Promotes low wage/time-clock employment
Consumer/producer relationship Consumer/producer alienation
Rich, delicious taste Poor, flat taste
   
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